Golfers delight crowds at the Masters by skipping balls across the water

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Golfers delight crowds at the Masters by skipping balls across the water

The tradition takes place every year ahead of the tournament.


Tiger Woods smiles on the driving range at the Masters golf tournament (Matt Slocum/AP)
Tiger Woods smiles on the driving range at the Masters golf tournament (Matt Slocum/AP)

Golfers preparing for the Masters at Augusta took part in a grand tradition by skipping balls across the water on the 16th hole.

The practice round was the perfect chance for competitors to relax ahead of one of the most prestigious competitions in sport, hitting across the stretch of water rather than over it.

Martin Kaymer was one of the first to give it a go, successfully finding the green.

Meanwhile Matt Wallace acquainted himself with the water on his first appearance at the Masters, later writing on Twitter: “Dry at least, I’ll take that!”

But for some, merely crossing the water is not enough. Here’s Kevin O’Connell getting within six feet of the hole.

It’s not just a solo event either. Groups including Bernhard Langer and Tommy Fleetwood gave the patrons something to cheer about as they teed off simultaneously.

The competition gets underway on Thursday, with Patrick Reed of the USA the defending champion.

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